Chelsea

Abramovich reignite chase for left back Pereira

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is preparing to revive his bid to sign for Porto left back Alvaro Pereira according to a close SqueakyBumTime source.

Abramovich along with chief executive Ron Gourlay and technical director Michael Emenalo are overseeing the Champions League finalists’ immediate transfer activity as they continue their search for a new permanent manager.

The Russian oligarch is unhappy that the Blues could relinquish their seat at Europe’s top table should they lose to Bayern Munich on Saturday and is planning on making four or five high-profile additions to the squad.

Uruguyan international Pereira has once again emerged as a target despite seeing a switch to Stamford Bridge break down last year after Porto refused to accept offers below the £24-million release clause in his contract.

However the 26-year-old admitted he is keen to leave the Estadio do Dragao and hopes the Portuguese club won’t stand in his way if Abramovich comes calling.

He told Ovacion.”I have spent three unforgettable years at Porto, I respect my contract and I know that I depend on Porto.

“But I think this is the time to make decisions. If an opportunity comes for me to leave, I hope that Porto will understand my situation this time and let me leave.”

Pereira acknowledged he had the chance of move to West London last summer and confessed a move to Chelsea would appeal to him should the opportunity arise again.

“I had the possibility to join Chelsea, but Porto decided that I should stay and I respected it,” he said.

“I give everything for Porto. I have not spoken with the club yet, I was focused on winning the league.

“I am calm, but the truth is that, if I stay, I have to play. I will not continue at this club if I do not play.”

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